For some years now my wife and I (both in our 80s) have been using Apple Photos to manage and edit our photos. When extra fine editing - layers, etc - and printing have been required for entry in various contests (and winning) we have used the services of a local custom editing facility. That facility is moving out of town and we will no longer be able to sit down with them to direct custom editing.
We have decided to bite the bullet and undertake editing ourselves. We both use Apple computers.
We are soliciting your input in the selection of software that will allow us to do a more sophisticated job of editing than is possible with Apple Photos. At the same time we do not need the power and complexity of Photoshop. Please help.
Do you want to edit raw files or just the JPEGs from the camera?
So far we have only shot jpegs. However, raw is a possibility.
I have to second Linda above on Photoshop Elements. I just got the PSE 2020 that was on sale with the video software Premiere Elements. I have regular Photoshop and use most of the features. Well, I was surprised that the PSE 2020 had just about all the features that I use "all the time". They have put a bunch of great stuff on PSE and I think it can do 80-90 percent of what I use Photoshop for. This was a big improvement over my 7-10 year old PSE that I never used because it couldn't do the actions I needed to do. It does contrast, brightness, color correction, levels, spot remover, etc. IIRC they have a Windows and Mac version. PSE can open raw files according to their specs -- haven't done it. There are many other programs that will work to do advanced or simple editing of photos. The nice thing about Adobe is that there are many training and instructional programs (videos) that will help you through the learning curve. Adjusting and editing your photos is another "fun" part of photography. Enjoy.
Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. For Ps the price per month, it's worth it even if you don't use a lot of the features. Elements one purchases outright, I believe.
For some years now my wife and I (both in our 80s)... (
Consider Affinity and Luminar as well. I have the full Photoshop and rarely if ever use it. Photoshop elements can be useful for some things.
What software did the local custom editing facility use?
If you are used to sitting with them and directing then you have knowledge and familiarity with their software. And you know it is capable of delivering the results you need.
FWIW, I concur about Affinity and Luminar. Particular for your desires I think Luminar. Very powerful, and, importantly, easy to use.
Photoscape X, is a good program to start with it is easy to learn plenty of videos on it and the best thing it is FREE. Hope this helps good luck Jim Bianco
I use only Classic Lr CC but also have Ps as part of my monthly subscription ($10.61) but I don't use it. But Elements is just a scaled down version of Ps and I think that I could not edit my raw images in the same manner as I do in Lr. Is Elements a blend of both Lr and Ps but just a scaled down version ??
Try affinity but also look at DXO photo lab and their NIK Software. Capture one is also very good but a bit more expensive. They all do trials. I own all 3 for different reasons.
I've been using Luminar for a couple of years now and find that it will do anything and everything you can possibly think of. It's easy to use, and Jim Nix has some awesome videos on YouTube that walk you through Luminar from A-Z. IMHO, I think it's better than Photoshop as it's more intuitive, comes with numerous presets, you can purchase other user's presets, and you can make your own presets as you learn to use the program and figure out how you edit most of your photographs. Great program....
For some years now my wife and I (both in our 80s)... (
"Custom Editing" by a professional third party for entering photos in various contests and winning seems a bit bogus to me! Virtually all of the amateur level photo contests that I have entered would frown severely on this sort of thing and probably disqualify you if they found out about it. Anyway, learning to do your own editing is the answer and the right way to go. Most folks here will steer you toward Photoshop and Lightroom which now are only available with a monthly fee. If that doesn't appeal to you there are many other options available, some of which are free downloads and still very capable. I have used "RawTherapee" with good success, but recently started working with "Darktable" and "Gimp" and the more I use "Darktable" the more I like it. In any case, the choice is yours and any software decision is going to take a commitment in time and effort to become proficient and to get results your looking for, especially if your used to getting a professional to do your editing for you. Good luck and good shooting to all.
I've been using Luminar for a couple of years now and find that it will do anything and everything you can possibly think of.
I can think of one thing it can't do that is important to me. I want my raw workflow to be 100% non-destructive and non-linearly re-editable. Luminar is a destructive editor that won't allow me to re-edit or tweak the processing done to an image without trashing work I've already finished and don't want to do over.
It's easy to use, and Jim Nix has some awesome videos on YouTube that walk you through Luminar from A-Z. IMHO, I think it's better than Photoshop as it's more intuitive, comes with numerous presets, you can purchase other user's presets, and you can make your own presets as you learn to use the program and figure out how you edit most of your photographs. Great program....
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